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Life in a Lighthouse — our spectacular Scottish getaway
  Have you ever dreamed of living on your own island? An island with a lighthouse and cottager, visited by puffins and seals, surrounded by shimmering lochs extending over the horizon? Well I have. And my dream came true for one magical week in August. We travelled to Eilean Sionnach – an island off an ...
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A short family visit to medieval Nuremberg
Today I am taking you to Nuremberg, for a quick family gateway that everyone will love! Or at least, I am taking you down memory lane (like for many, travel restrictions due to the pandemic have limited our ability to travel quite a bit this year). We have always enjoyed taking a road trip. There ...
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An at-home travel guide for the family, to stimulate all the senses
Hello everyone, I am thrilled to contribute an at-home travel guide to one of my all-time favourite blog Babyccino today. Courtney, Esther and I go way back, when we were perhaps on baby #2. I stopped at #3! I am Vanessa Boz, French based in London, though I like to think of the world as my oyster. ...
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Weekend Getaway: Whidbey Island, WA
  The wildlife, the golden hour (now I see what a true golden hour actually is!), the endless views of cliffsides meeting the ocean, the Penn Cove mussels... oh, I could go on! I’m talking about Whidbey Island. Earlier this summer, we kicked off our annual “Summer out of a Suitcase” by heading to the ...
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A quick trip to Rome -- some highlights and tips
I remember overhearing a conversation between two men at the post office when we first moved to Byron. One man was telling the other about an upcoming family holiday -- the first holiday for their family in seven years! I remember how casual the other guy's response was, 'when you live in paradise, you don't ...
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Weekend Getaway: New Orleans!
New Orleans! Oh I love this city even more now that I have children. Growing up less than an hour from Nola, with much of my extended living family still living there, I was lucky enough to be heavily influenced by the city’s rich culture, strong tastes, sounds, and sights. New Orleans may be notoriously ...
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Wine Country in the Spring -- A Surprisingly Family-Friendly Getaway!
Addie Ladner recently shared a weekend getaway guide to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.  We have since asked Addie to join our team of blog contributors here at Babyccino, and we're thrilled to be able to share more from this inspiring mama of three. First up, she's sharing a surprisingly family-friendly getaway to Napa ...
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Weekend Getaway: The Cynefin Retreat in Wales
Make hay while the sun shines!  On our recent weekend getaway, we did just that. We went to wonderful Wales, and enjoyed every ounce of sunshine, nature, and fresh country air.  A completely relaxing holiday, which left us fully recharged -- no easy task for a family of four with a pregnant mama! Our home ...
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Weekend Getaway: A Family Retreat at Ballintaggart Farm, Scotland
Nestled in the heart of Perthshire, Ballintaggart Farm is a magical destination full of personality, which is loved by each and every one of my family. Standing proudly in such a tranquil and pretty spot in one of my all-time favourite parts of Scotland, Perthshire, Ballintaggart is such an easy commute from Edinburgh. Set up ...
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Weekend Getaway: Raleigh, NC
We were thrilled when Addie Ladner, a longtime reader of this blog, got in touch offering to share tips on her adopted home city of Raleigh, NC. I've never been to North Carolina (though I did consider the journalism school at UNC when looking at universities!), so I was particularly interested to hear about its charming capital ...
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Weekend Getaway: France, The Stunning St.Pierre de Serjac
St.Pierre de Serjac is relaxed luxury, mixed with the comforts of home, and surrounded by beautiful vineyards and rolling foothills. Placed perfectly in the middle of the Languedoc region, you can either choose to fully embrace the local culture, markets, cuisine, history, and have lovely little adventures (like a half-hour drive to Mediterranean beaches)... OR ...
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How to travel successfully and in style with the 'See-Ya' suitcases
We just spent six weeks of our summer travelling in the USA and had the very best time! And one of the main contributing factors to the success of the trip was being lightweight. (Ok, seeing friends, family, staying in fun places, and lots of sunshine added to the success as well...) BUT, I can ...
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Weekend Getaway: Taormina, Sicily
Last June my husband had a work conference in a sunny Sicilian city called Taormina, so we decided to tag along. And I am so happy that we did! It was sunny, bright, warm and beautiful… which are all great excuses for a gelato everyday, right? Known as the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’ Taormina is simply ...
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Weekend Getaway: Gorgeous Granada
Granada gobsmacked us. It is a gorgeous and unique city with incredible history and impressive architecture. A weekend was not enough time with all of the wonderful options of things to do, but it was a great starting point! We decided (before we even left Granada) that we must visit again, which is definitely a ...
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Weekend Getaway: Rome with kids!
Isabel Lamb moved to Rome three years ago with her husband Christopher and their children, Joseph, 8, and Martha, 5. The family relocated from London for Christopher’s job as a journalist reporting on the Vatican and Rome. Isabel now runs The Little Grand Tour in London and Rome, a company introducing children to art with fun ...
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Weekend Getaway: Ibiza!
Oh Ibiza! If you've grown up in Europe you know the reputation of Ibiza: the best party island to dance from dusk 'til dawn. I'm sure many of us have had good times there in our pre-kids days. Discovering the island with kids sounds intriguing to say the least and there is no one with ...
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Weekend Getaway: family-friendly Malta
Lisa Frendo lives in Malta with her husband and two daughters, Maia (4 years old) and Izzy (1 year old). With a previous career in marketing she has always had a passion for creativity, and when she became a mother, she was driven to start up something of her own. What started off with a search ...
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Weekend Getaway: Singapore
Okay, so perhaps you'll need more than a weekend to put this wonderful guide to use, but just looking at these photos (the images of the food especially!!) and reading the tips makes me want to plan a family holiday to Singapore ASAP! We asked Singaporean Wee Ling Soh to share her best tips to ...
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Weekend Getaway: Lisbon, Portugal
Crystal Sawatzky and her husband have six children, aged 13 to 3. Originally from Canada, they moved to Europe in 2015 to spend a couple years slowly traveling throughout Europe in an effort to better understand old cultures and find new community. Over the last couple years, they've spent time visiting family in Northern Ireland, ...
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Weekend Getaway: Mexico City
Annika Lehtonen is originally from Finland.  She went to Mexico in 2008 for a short 6-month internship after finishing her university degree in Madrid, Spain... and those six months turned out to be nine years (and counting) in Mexico! She's married to a Colombian man and now has two young children. She has a demanding ...
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Weekend Getaway: Istanbul
Born and bred in London, Alara Hindle studied Islamic Art and Archaeology at Oxford, and was then sent to work in the magnificent Topkapi Palace in Turkey. Once there,  she met and fell in love with her husband, and has been living in Istanbul ever since! Two daughters (eight and three-years-old) and a beloved art ...
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Our Top 10 Weekend Getaway destinations for families and Kid & Coe properties!
We're all avid travellers here at Babyccino. Having children hasn't stopped us from exploring the world, and especially with companies like our longtime partner Kid & Coe, who provide super family friendly vacation rentals, traveling with a family has never been easier! With travel season coming up for most of us, we have picked out our Top Ten ...
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Weekend Getaway: Charleston, SC
Molly Fienning is a born-and-raised NYC girl who settled in Charleston with her Southern husband Ted and their two sons, Sawyer and Fox. The family has been living in Charleston for four years and recently finished building a new home in the historic district. Molly and Ted are co-founders of Babiators, the leading American sunglass ...
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It’s World Baking Day and to show our love for a yummy baked treat, we’ve shared an easy and adorable new recipe on the blog from @laraoflondon. Victoria Sponge Cupcakes? Yum, that’s the way to celebrate #worldbakingday2021 Link in bio. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #worldbakingday
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Our newest Babyccino boutique is one we know will win your heart! JAGGERY LONDON Knitwear for women & children, fair & ethically handmade in India. @jaggery_london create and make timeless knitwear that you can enjoy wearing every day and throughout all seasons. It is knitwear that you will love watching your children grow up in and is consciously created to last so it can be passed on from sibling to sibling or friend to friend. Jaggery knitwear is hand knitted in India and their aim is to help create a livelihood for local villagers and support little artisan workshops within the community. For Jaggery ethical values take absolute priority. They believe in supporting the people behind the product and that all their items have been produced 100% respectfully. They are respectful to their makers and the environment. Jaggery was founded by Theresa who grew up in India and always dreamt of setting up a conscious and sustainable business that connected her to her hometown and showcased a range of the beautiful crafts made there.
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Today is International Day of the Family, and what better way to celebrate but to introduce the newest member of our Babyccino family, little Lucy. She’s the beautiful baby girl of Emma, @the_flourisher_ born on the 11th of April. Isn’t she just the sweetest little bub! 🤍 Emma manages our shopping directory and all of our wonderful shop members, and she’s been typing away to emails one-handed with Lucy in her lap! Not to mention, she’s juggling her other two kids and school drop-offs and keeping a house clean and children fed and laundry washed and a thousand other things. Women really have super powers!! Please welcome baby Lucy and join us in congratulating Emma and her family. I’m sure you’ll see more photos of Lucy over time. Lucky us to get to watch her grow! @charlottegrayphoto
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GIVEAWAY now closed with @seaestasurf ️ We love Courtney’s two youngest cuties in these suits! Find out what @courtneyadamo’s favourite features are… “The boardshorts are perfect -- not too long, not too baggy, and they're made of a soft, fast-drying material. The swimsuits have a full-coverage, simple style -- no ties, no fuss. Not to mention the earth-friendly fabrics: the shorts are made from 49% recycled polyester and 51% organic cotton. The swimsuits are 80% recycled nylon, made from fishing nets.” Also hello colour-coordination! Seaesta even have sizes for tweens, teens, men and women including hoodies, joggers and beach towels, (like the one!). To ENTER: 1. Follow @seaestasurf and @babyccinokids 2. Like this photo ️ 3. Tag as many friends you want in separate comments. Giveaway ends Sunday the 16th of May at midnight! Winner will be announced Monday, May 17th. #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #giveaway #sponsored
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In honour of World Mental Health Week we have a new book review. This beautiful book, Many Shapes of Clay : A Story of Healing is written and illustrated by Kenesha Sneed @tactilematter and it is an absolute treasure. It is a piece of art, every page filled with graphic shapes and sensitive lines to create the most thoughtful story on grief, loss, and celebration of diversity. It is perfect for any child (or parent) who wants to explore conversations on mental health, feelings, and especially those going through loss or big changes in life. After a pandemic year, which has affected many families personally with great loss, it has also brought large conversations in front of little people… perhaps earlier than many children would have faced these ideas. Thanks too for the book recommendation from the lovely and talented @latonyayvette who brought this to @laraoflondon ‘s attention! Link in bio on book. #worldmentalhealthweek #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthforkids #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads @prestel_publishing
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GIVEAWAY now closed Today Courtney shares these adorable photos to announce a generous gift for one lucky winner… a $250 (AUS dollar) gift voucher to spend with #babyccinoboutiques’ Seaesta Surf! ️ Look how cute are Marlow & Wilkie in their @seaestasurf earth-friendly swimwear with a happy retro vibe! To enter this great GIVEAWAY: 1. Follow @seaestasurf and @babyccinokids 2. Like this photo ️ 3. Share the love and tag as many friends you want in separate comments. More names = more entries! Giveaway ends Sunday the 16th of May at midnight! Winner will be announced Monday, May 17th. In the meantime read all about this brilliant brand @seaestasurf … link in bio. @courtneyadamo #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques #giveaway #sponsored
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Cotton Twist creates super fun craft activity kits which will spark your child's imagination and encourage role play. Composed of a palette of raw materials, ranging from lollypop sticks to craft matchboxes to twine and felt, each kit from @cotton.twist comes with an easy to understand instruction and all the items you will need for the craft or activity. You can choose from a variety of themes. #babyccinoboutiques #babyccinokids
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Peek-a-boo, we have a new shop. Lovevery! @lovevery.europe offer the most wonderful products to help create developmental experiences in the lives of new babies and families. Their aim is to help parents feel confident that they are giving their little ones just what they desire and need every step of the way. Lovevery are so proud of creating products that provide playtime with a purpose. All the products have been designed with the Montessori ethos in mind as well as making communication key for parents as their babies discover their new world. The play products are designed by child development experts with both the simplest and purest purpose in mind: to be exactly what children need at each stage. #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
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Mother’s Day Giveaway (NOW CLOSED). 🤍 Mamas deserve so much so here’s a treat from @thesimplefolkco. Win a $200 gift voucher to spend on womenswear and more with THE SIMPLE FOLK. Beautiful simple shapes, luxuriously soft, ethically produced, and designed by two mamas who value style and comfort! To enter: 1. Follow @thesimplefolkco and @babyccinokids 2. Like this photo 3. Tag 3 friends in separate comments. 🤍 Ends Sunday May 9th at midnight! Winner will be announced Monday the 10th. Good luck. 🤍 #babyccinokids #babyccinoboutiques
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Welcome to the snuggliest new Babyccino Boutique. Bébénca Organics @bebencaorganics is a Seattle based, premium organic baby clothing brand, certified by #GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) . Their vision is to leave the planet in a better shape than it is currently. The Bébénca signature collection is unbleached and undyed pure natural organic cotton color (off-white) - just as mother nature intended. Its aptly named as Nature's Hug, no bleach, no dyes, no inks and no harmful chemicals during fabric processing were used to make this collection - just a hot water wash to remove any impurities from the fabric. All of the gorgeous designs are to promote slow fashion so the emphasis lies on making designs that are all-season with gender neutral in styling, colors and prints. We just adore the thoughtful approach to our new #baby brand with #babyccinoboutiques .
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Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
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Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
4 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
4 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
5 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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